Pebble Hills NJROTC Earns Prestigious Area Nine Most Outstanding Unit Award

The Pebble Hills NJROTC unit has been named the 2017 Area Nine Most Outstanding Unit, a distinction they were surprised with at the 2017 Pebble Hills NJROTC Military Awards Night, recently.

The unit, which is 116 members strong and comprised of students from Pebble Hills, El Dorado and Montwood high schools, earned the award for their many hours of community service, unit and school support as well as the outstanding scores they received in every category during their annual military inspection.

“I’m very proud of our students for earning this distinction,” said Justo Mendoza, senior naval science instructor at Pebble Hills. “This recognition is a direct testament of their hard work and dedication to the program. The kids demonstrate loyalty, integrity and all the characteristics we look for in our cadets so they can become productive citizens in our community.”

The Pebble Hills unit was selected for the prestigious award out of the 67 units from seven different states in area nine. In addition, the unit has been named a distinguished unit with academic honors for their high level of performance for six consecutive years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as the Area Nine Most Outstanding Unit,” said Sarah Adams, senior cadet at El Dorado High School. “We have always held our standard high and worked toward this goal so it’s great to finally achieve it. NJROTC is unlike any other organization. It develops responsible and disciplined youth and helps build your character.”

The NJROTC cadets earned more than 9,500 combined community service hours for their contributions of work in the community. The unit is now in the running for the Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation, an award the Socorro High School NJROTC program earned in 2013.

The award-winning unit was first established in 1993 at Montwood High School, relocated to El Dorado High School in 2010, and has been housed at Pebble Hills for the last two years.